mgtc 71 questiosn - UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AT SCARBOROUGH...

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UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO AT SCARBOROUGH DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT MGTC71: Introduction to Derivatives Markets Problem Set – 1 (Supplemental Questions) _______________________________________________________________________ ________ 1. Explain the similarities and differences between forwards and futures contract on the same asset. You may want to consider (but not limited to) the following points for the differences: a) How trade is conducted b) Liquidity c) Counter-party risk d) Flexibility 2. A trader enters into a short futures contract to sell 5,000 bushels of wheat for 200 cents per bushel. The initial margin is $3,000 and the maintenance margin is $2,000. What price change would lead to a margin call? 3. The fictional country of Heaven has announced a floating exchange rate policy against a basket of other currencies, including the dollar ($), euro ( c ) and yen (¥) with weights of one-half for the dollar and onequarter each for the euro and yen (so that 1H = 0.5$ + 0.25 + 0.25¥). Suppose that there are spot and futures markets for the Heaven currency against the other big three. A US company has just signed a contract to sell equipments to this country, to be paid on the first of January 2012. Show how this company could hedge this contract. 4. A Swiss company purchased a product from a US firm. The delivery date is in March (40 days from now), and the purchase price of the machine tools is SFR 5million. The US firm is concerned about exchange rate movements between now and the delivery date and considers hedging its exposure. The futures price for March is $0.7021 USD/SFR. One futures contract is for SFR 125,000. a) Construct the optimal hedge using the futures contract described above. How many contracts does the US firm have to buy/sell in order to hedge the exchange rate risk? b) Demonstrate that this hedge is perfect by looking at scenarios where the SFR is $0.65, $0.70 and $0.75. 5. You have a $100 million portfolio of U.S. stocks and you want to hedge your portfolio using 1-year futures yield, and the annual interest rate is 6.1837% [ 6%, C.C.]. In this case, one futures contract has a value of $250 × 1100 = $275,000. a) What should be the 1-year S&P 500 futures price in order to preclude arbitrage opportunities? [Lecture- 4] c) Assume that the beta of your portfolio is 1.4 and that you apply the hedging strategy proposed in (b).
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This note was uploaded on 07/20/2011 for the course MGMT 71 taught by Professor Mazaheri during the Spring '11 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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